Wilson Center Experts

Izabella Tabarovsky

Manager for Regional Engagement
Kennan Institute

Contact Information:
T 202.691.4100 // F 202.691.4247
Russia and Eurasia

Izabella Tabarovsky is Manager for Regional Engagement with the Kennan Institute. She has over 15 years of experience engaging with Russia, Ukraine, and the broader post-Soviet space through a variety of organizations, including policy research and academic institutions, private sector, and the media.

From 2012 to 2014, she worked for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she led the implementation of the Euro-Atlantic Security–Next Generation initiative (EASI Next Generation). The initiative brought together the new generation of stakeholders committed to transforming the Euro-Atlantic region into a more secure, inclusive, and cooperative space. Prior to that, she managed a track-two Transnistria conflict resolution task force and a U.S.-Russian health cooperation task force.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Izabella worked for private communications consultancy Emerging Markets Communications, where she was in charge of research and analysis; Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she developed and implemented communications strategy for its U.S.-Russian Investment Symposium; and Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where she published numerous papers on geopolitics of Eurasian energy and led the establishment of a flagship initiative, the CERA Eurasia Transportation Forum.

Izabella has served as an associate producer on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary series on economics and globalization, “Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy,” where she developed key segments on Russia’s transition to market economy. Her other media credits include the PBS/Frontline documentary “The Age of AIDS,” and “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” an acclaimed NPR talk-show.

Izabella holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian History from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is a native Russian speaker with working knowledge of Spanish, French, and German. Her most recent publications include “The Latent Power of Health Cooperation in U.S.-Russian Relations,” Science & Diplomacy, June 2013, co-authored with Matt Rojansky, and “A Quiet Force: Health Cooperation in U.S.-Russian Relations,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 2013.

Selected publications:

  • In Kyiv, the Front is a Phone Call Away,” The Kennan Institute, November 2014. 
  • “The Latent Power of Health Cooperation in U.S.-Russian Relations,” Science & Diplomacy, June 2013, co-written with Matt Rojansky (http://www.sciencediplomacy.org/article/2013/latent-power)
  • “A Quiet Force: Health Cooperation in U.S.-Russian Relations,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 2013 (http://carnegieendowment.org/2013/03/19/quiet-force-health-cooperation-i...)
  • Country reports for the award-winning Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) website accompanying a 6-part documentary “Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy” (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/lo/credits/)
  • “Russian Versus Caspian Crude in Eastern Europe: On the Verge of a New Pipeline Race?” Cambridge Energy Research Associates, March 2000
  • “Russia’s Oil Transportation in the Run-up to the Elections: New President, New Priorities,” Cambridge Energy Research Associates, September 28, 1999
  • “Evolution of Russia’s Oil Transportation Policy Since the August Crisis,” Cambridge Energy Research Associates, February 1999
  • Russia Reviews Its Oil Transportation Policy: A Beginning of an End for Reform?” Cambridge Energy Research Associates, February 26, 1999
  • “War or Peace: Moscow’s Chechen Problem,” Cambridge Energy Research Associates, April 1998